Do Cats Become Attached to Their Owners? [VIDEO]
Do cats show attachment like a dog to its owner or even a toddler to a parent? This experiment by Professor Daniel Mills aims to answer that very question.
First off, I'm more of a cat person than a dog person. Is this because cats better suit my personality? Is it because I had a cat growing up? Or could it be a mixture of both? Whichever it is, I do believe cats can express their love for their owners, but maybe it's not in a clingy overly attached sort of way.
When I was 11 or 12, my cat used to lick my earlobes while resting on my chest. It felt very strange and tickled, but she only did this to me. She hardly let anyone else touch her. Everyday I arrived home from school she greeted me with a friendly rub against my leg. When it was bed time, she would sit at the bottom of the stairs waiting for me to run up the stairs with her to my room. I was the only one to notice these subtle things. My cat never acted excited when I was around and she was never sad when I was gone.
I admire the giddiness of children and their astonishment with the world. Rarely do I see grown men or women screaming in public that they
want NEED a certain toy or exclaiming that the ride at the fair was the coolest thing in the whole universe. Later in life, this excitement and enthusiasm takes a back seat to the many distractions of adulthood like money, love, and social status. I wish they didn't but they usually do.
In the comparison of dogs and cats, I like to think of dogs as the perpetual children. They understand, they learn, they love and they stay that way forever. Cats, on the other hand, are like adults - well-rounded adults. They seem to have everything figured out. They can sleep all day without a care in the world. They are confident and content in this lifestyle. They don't rely on anyone but yet they still will go out of their way to show affection with a rub or a cuddle.
My years spent around cats tells me that a cat can be happy and content with or without its owner around, and in a way, I respect them for this.
What do you think, does your cat show attachment to you?
(Maybe this video is pertinent here)
And here is another. And yes the scratches hurt. The word he is saying to the cat is 'itai' ,痛い, and it means pain in Japanese.